Paul O'Grady to take break from BBC Radio 2 slot

Paul O’Grady fans ‘concerned’ as they launch campaign to ‘save’ host after radio show blow

Paul usually hosts on BBC Radio 2 every Sunday

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Paul O’Grady fans have been left ‘concerned’ following the BBC‘s decision to cut back his Radio 2 slot.

The For The Love Of Dogs star, 66, has been a familiar voice on the radio slot – which airs every Sunday between 5pm and 7pm – since April 2009.

But following some changes to the radio schedule this Spring, fans of Paul have filed in their complaints.

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Paul O’Grady is taking a break from his BBC Radio 2 slot (Credit: ITV)

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It comes after BBC Radio 2 introduced some schedule changes on a Sunday afternoon.

In a recent statement, they announced: “Paul O’Grady will now present his 5pm-7pm show in two runs of 13 weeks across the year, with his last show in the current series on Sunday 13 February and he returns on Sunday 22 May.”

Instead, Rob Beckett will present a new series in Paul’s slot from February 20 to May 15.

Paul O’Grady fans speak out over the BBC Radio 2 change

However, fans of the much-loved host have criticised the decision.

The Paul O’Grady Fan Club on Twitter shared a message during last night’s For The Love Of Dogs (February 9).

It read: “Team POGr2 needs you. Save Paul O’Grady’s Sunday radio show.”

The user went on to share the BBC’s statement, adding: “We know Paul isn’t totally going off air, but the reduction in shows is a huge concern, Paul has been on our radios each week since April 2009.

“It’s not the same without you all listening, so Sunday radio won’t be the same without Paul.

“We know he needs time off every now and then but this is different.”

Sunday radio won’t be the same without Paul

The page went on to urge followers to “complain” to the BBC over the change.

And it didn’t take long for others to share their disappointment.

Commenting on the post, one said: “This is why I do not listen to the BBC radio stations. I prefer Smooth or GHR not the BBC anymore. Unless Paul is on and we have a great laugh listening to his sarcasms.”

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Fans of Paul have complained to the BBC (Credit:

Another added: “Done. Best show on Radio 2. Nothing but laughs.”

However, a third pointed out: “I love POG on Radio 2 but he’s got so much other stuff going on with his TV commitments maybe it was his choice to reduce his shows.

“Last year he had a fair amount of time off. None of us are getting any younger.”

Paul’s radio milestone

Last year, Paul reached an impressive milestone after making his 500th episode on BBC Radio 2.

The station’s Instagram page rounded up some of his radio achievements at the time.

It came after Paul was forced to present his radio slot from home as he shielded during lockdown.

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In March 2020, he said: “I’ve been strongly advised to self-isolate, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m down in the wilds of Kent with a very lively five-weeks-old puppy, so I’ve got my hands full and I’ve got plenty to do.

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“I’d just like to say to everybody else who’s self isolating, good luck and keep healthy and look after yourselves.”

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